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The Anglo-Saxon name Bradberry comes from when the family resided in the county of Chester, where they derived their name from the town of Bredbury. The town's name is derived from the Old English words bred or brade which means broad and byrig, the original form of burh, which means fort. Thus, the name denotes the dweller at the broad fort.


The surname Bradberry was first found in Greater Manchester at Bredbury, a suburban town within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. Historically a township, in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, Bredbury dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Brethberie. [1] "The manor was held under the Stockports, by the family of Bredbury, whose heiress brought a moiety of it to the Ardens." [2] Another reference claims the place name meant "stronghold or manor-house built of planks," from the Old English words "bred" + "burgh." [3]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bradberry include Bradbury, Bradberry, Braidbury and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradberry research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1688, 1677, 1759, 1615, 1700 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Bradberry History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bradberry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bradberry, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Thos. Bradberry, aged 61, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Emilie Bradberry, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Bradberry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sarah E. Bradberry, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1908
  • William Bradberry, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Sarah E. Bradberry, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Randall Bradberry, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Mrs R. T Bradberry, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1915


  • Joe Bradberry (b. 1980), American professional football player
  • Charlie Bradberry (1982-2006), American NASCAR driver
  • Gary Bradberry (b. 1961), American NASCAR All-Pro Series race car driver
  • David Bradberry (1736-1803), English nonconformist minister


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Bradberry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bradberry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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